How to Give Feedback in a Writing Workshop or Critique Group
Many writers find it helpful to get honest feedback. Writers' groups are ideal for this purpose. Here are some guidelines to make it a positive experience for both giver and receiver.
For Creative Writers: How to Write a Compelling Road Trip
Road trips often make for great novels. This crash course guide will help you to design a road trip for your characters to take. You want the road trip to move the plot forward. This guide is for you whether your whole book is dedicated to a road trip... or just a couple of chapters.
The Basics of Character Creation
The five parts that make up a story are character, plot, setting, conflict, and theme. The first of these, character, is where so much of the story hangs. The characters have conflicts that drive the plot. They live in their settings, and all these things are supported by an overall theme.
Creating a Fantasy World Map: Scientific Laws to Remember
When writing a fantasy story, creating a realistic fantasy world map that will help readers see your vision is essential. In order to create your map, there are some basic scientific laws that have to be followed.
A Writer's Guide to Potion and Spell Ingredients Used in Magic
Magic uses all kinds of ingredients for making potions and performing spells. As a writer, it's good to have lots of options so your writing won't be the same as other stories.
The Advantages of Fanfiction
There's an ongoing debate over the validity of Fanfiction. Some cry out that it is, at its core, wrong beyond belief. Others will say there is nothing wrong with Fanfiction. The truth of the matter is that people will have something to say one way or another. Best idea? Make it useful.
How to Create Meaningful Characters in Novels and Short Stories
Do you ever find yourself struggling to describe a character in your novels or short stories? Maybe you always have a hard time channeling your main character's inner thoughts. These helpful tips will give you insight on how to create meaningful characters.
Creative Writing Strategy: Make Your Main Character a Delicious Baby Bird
What does that mean? Well, delicious as in appealing in some way. And a baby bird because they have to be in trouble in a way that makes people care. How do you do that?
Top Writing Communities You Should Consider Joining
Writing is a solitary, and often lonely endeavor, but it doesn't have to be. With technology enabling us to reach across the globe, writers can connect with others for comradery, inspiration, feedback and advice. If you are a writer, consider joining these great online writing communities.
Starting Your Novel: How Do You Like Your Books to Start?
Many new authors sit and stare at a blank page. They have no idea where to start. Some think there is a magic formula to get them going. There are many suggestions as to how to get your book started, and I offer a few here.
Eleven Flash Fiction Contests That Are Free to Enter
The article provides information about eleven flash fiction competitions that are free to enter most of which have cash prizes. Additional submission information and resources for the listed sites are offered.
Writer’s Block? 5 Ideas for Science-Fiction Writers
Writer's block? Get inspired by these five unconventional ideas for a science-fiction piece.
Creating Good Dialogue in Writing: Why Observing People Can Help
Need help getting your characters' conversations to sound natural? Take some time observing people when you're out and about!
How to Keep Your Characters Organized When Writing a Novel
This article is focusing on how to keep your characters organized in your stories.
350+ Cool Villain Names: Being Bad Is More Fun Than Being Good
If you want to be a villain, then you better give yourself a good name. Find one here.
Writing Advice: How Realistic Should Your Fiction Be?
It's hard to speak in absolutes about this subject, but here are some things to consider when it comes to the subject of realism in fiction.
Word Counts by Fiction Genre and Type With Examples
What are the minimum and maximum word limits for different types of stories? What are the word limits by genre and how can writers stay within those limits? Find out here with this easy list.
Should You Consider Your Audience When You're Writing?
To what degree should you consider your audience when writing? How important is it? Should the audience even be considered at all? An experienced writer contemplates these questions and more.
Tips for Developing Your Novel: Create a Mental Movie
Everyone has their own way of writing their stories out. If you interviewed a dozen bestselling authors, they’d all have their own unique ways. No two write exactly the same. That tells you that there is no one formula, but there are certain methods that do help.